Alstom has recently been awarded an order worth 320 million Euros to supply a 650 MW power plant for the extension (Line 5) of the Aluminium Bahrain (ALBA) smelter, a primary producer of aluminium in Bahrain.
Line 5 will expand ALBA’s annual production capacity from 500,000 tonnes to 750,000 tonnes, making it one of the largest single producers of aluminium in the world.
Alstom’s order is for the addition of two combined cycle power plant blocks to the existing GT13E2 gas turbine unit. Each block consists of two GT13E2 gas turbines, two waste heat recovery boilers and one steam turbine unit including the associated plant control and electrical distribution system.
Construction of the 650 MW power plant will begin immediately. Commercial operation with the second combined cycle block is due to start in summer 2005.
This order is the third project awarded by ALBA to Alstom. The first order was placed in 1990 for a 600 MW combined cycle power plant, which included six gas turbines GT13D, and two steam turbines. The second contract was awarded in 1995 for the supply of a GT13E2 gas turbine plant.